Ripon College art students will help shape a key project in the revitalization of downtown Ripon.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for students to apply their creativity to a real-world challenge,” said Evelyn Kain, an art professor at the college, of helping shape the National Museum of Republican Presidents planned by Boca Grande Capital.

The museum will recognize and celebrate Ripon’s history as the birthplace of the Republican Party. It will serve as a resource for anyone interested in American history.

“The goal is to design a highly interactive, engaging experience for museum visitors,” Kain said. “Our students are developing a host of great ideas, and we are looking for ideas from others as well.”

Students in Kain’s arts management course this semester circulated an online survey on campus to gather thoughts about the museum, and they now seek input from Ripon-area residents as well. The survey can be found on the Web at:

Read the full story in the April 29, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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